The Campaign Outsider investigative unit has been hard at work trying to answer this question: Who’s behind the @BCSubpoenaNews Twitter feed and blog, both of which track developments around Boston College’s fight to quash subpoenas seeking material from the university’s IRA oral history archive. (See background here and here.)
By hard at work, of course, we mean clicking around, guessing, and reading any comments sent to us.
First stab (by the hardworking staff): BC’s Burns Library. Annhhh! I’m sorry, that’s incorrect – but thanks for playing.
Second stab (by splendid reader Ted Folkman): Ed Moloney, who directed the oral history project and has sued (separately from BC) in US District Court in Boston to quash the subpoenas from U.S. prosecutors, which seek information about the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville, a Belfast mother of 10. (Moloney also produces The Broken Elbow blog.)
Not so fast, says splendid reader Digital History (not even gonna try to guess who that is), who writes this:
The Broken Elbow is Ed Moloney’s blog, and Ed Moloney did post about the BC Subpoena News site. But using Ted Folkman’s logic, it could also be said that as you have posted about the site, you are the one behind it. In both cases that would be wrong. Neither you nor Ed Moloney are behind the BCSN blog, although you have both drawn attention to it via your own blogs.
The BCSN is simply a reference site for people who are interested in, or should be interested in because of its impact or ramifications, the case and its outcome. All relevant material is collected at the site so that an informed opinion, rather than off-the-cuff, inaccurate and incorrect supposition, can be made on the subject. Court documents, affidavits, exhibits, news articles and a good deal of background information, is all readily available and updated regularly to help people not familiar with the case’s nuances understand all that is at play in this complex issue. The site is structured so it is easy to navigate and discover all the detail.
Except, of course, who is behind it, as the BCSN prefers to remain anonymous. ʘ‿ʘ
Anybody else wanna weigh in?